June 30, 2017, the Metro Manila Film Festival announced the firs four official entries to this year’s festival that will happen this December. While some may be happy to see familiar names attached to the announced films, most are actually disappointed with it.
Yes, Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda and Coco Martin are back in the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales reunite with their Walang Forever director Dan Villegas in probably another love story titledd Almost is Not Enough from Quantum Films and MJM Productions. To be fair, we actually like the romantic comedy films that Quantum Films and MJM Productions offered for the past years – English Only, Please and Walang Forever.
Coco Martin stars in his own movie which he will also direct (under his real name Rodel Nacianceno) – a reboot of Carlo J. Caparas’ Ang Panday popularized by Fernando Poe, Jr. and Bong Revilla, Jr. It will be produced by his own production house CCM Creative Productions, Inc. No other names have been announced as cast members of the film.
From Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers, Vic Sotto stars with Dawn Zulueta in a family comedy titled Love Traps #Family Goals from Octoarts Films and MZet Productions to be directed by Antonio Y. Reyes.
Lastly, Vice Ganda also returns to this year’s MMFF with Daniel Padilla and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in a superhero themed movie titled The Revengers. The film will be directed by Bb, Joyce Bernal from Star Cinema.
So, the commercial appeal of the Metro Manila Film Festival is high once again, but with the names involved and the history of their films, some are already disappointed of the selection process, some are happy that the MMFF will once again bring “family friendly” movies.
It’s early to judge, but again, with the filmography of Sotto, Ganda and Martin, one can hope that their names won’t be seen again in film festivals that can actually produce quality and though provoking stories and at the same time, can entertain. Because, like last year’s line-up: an award-winning documentary Sunday Beauty Queen, a feel-good teen romance Vince and Kath and James, a heartbreaking tale of a gay person Die Beautiful, a colorful animated love story Saving Sally, the controversial drama based on a true story Oro, the thought-provoking horror Seklusyon, the hilarious comedy about a diva actress Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 #ForeverIsNotEnough and the thematically relevant drama Kabisera, these are all quality films (except for one for me), and these are all entertaining films as well. Because whether we like it or not, a film can be entertaining, family-friendly and with high quality all at the same time.